Wielkopolskie, the farming voivodeship
Wielkopolskie is a region commonly associated with farming, and for a reason! The local tradition of agricultural production goes back centuries and makes the region stand out in a number of categories concerning livestock keeping and cultivation of plants.
Poor soil is no problem
Wielkopolskie voivodeship takes the third place in Poland if we look at the acreage of farmland, which is 1,800,100 hectares. Despite the fact that 42% of this soil is of 5th or 6th fertility class, the region is a leader in efficiency of production, quality of farming equipment and good agricultural practice. In 2012 the voivodeship had the highest yields in Poland, or 4,431,100 tonnes (15.5% of the countrywide crops). If the consumption of fertilizers is taken into consideration, Wielkopolskie comes second with 161.9 kg/ha.
More than plant cultivation
The farmers from Wielkopolskie are leaders in livestock breeding, with 3,81 million pigs (32.9% of the Polish total, the first voivodeship in the country) and 860,600 cows (14,9% of the Polish total, the second voivodeship in the country). Thanks to using the European Union funds, the equipment in the region has been modernized. The investments bring an annual rate of equipment turnover as high as 4.6%. Consequently, each farm could be completely modernized over the next 22 years, while the nationwide average is 30 years.
Experience comes from history
Thanks to their entrepreneurship and a tradition of cooperation, going back to the period of the partitions of Poland, the people of Wielkopolskie continue to achieve excellent efficiency of agricultural production. The average acreage of a farm is relatively small – 13.5 ha. A singular farm of such size does not boast a large market potential. However, in cooperation with other agricultural enterprises, it may generate considerable revenue and profits. 479, or the number of producers’ associations in this voivodeship, is the highest in Poland. This model of cooperation makes is possible for people to work together to make the farms more productive, without compromising on the quality.